Lindsay looking for best week of his life

Martin Lindsay is hoping that this week will become the best week of his life as he preapres to become a dad and also snatch the British and Commonwealth Featherweight titles away from Lee Selby on Saturday night at Belfast’s Odyssey arena on the undercard of Carl Frampton v Steve Molitor.

Lindsay’s wife went into hospital yesterday (Wednesday) expecting the birth of their first child today and the 30 year old says victory on Saturday against Selby would put the seal on the best week of his life.

“It could be fate the way all this has worked out but I’m on cloud nine already,” said Lindsay. “I’m so excited about becoming a Dad and starting a family, and what better way to mark the new arrival with a win on Saturday.

“Preparing for the baby and the fight has been a fine, a really welcome distraction in fact. You can get too wrapped up in a fight and go a bit mad so to have the birth to focus on too has been really helpful.”

Selby travels over to Lindsay’s hometown as a 2-7 favourite with Betfair to retain his belts, almost a year to the day after ripping them from Liverpool’s Stephen Smith in style on Merseyside. The Belfast man acknowledges that the Welshman is on top of his game but he is confident he will be walking out of the Odyssey Arena with the titles.

“I’ve had great preparation and I genuinely feel in the shape of my life,” said Lindsay, 9-4 with Betfair to take the titles. “Lee is a good fighter and is bound to be full of confidence. He’s had a great year since beating Smith and I am sure he thinks that I am going to be another win for him on Saturday, but this is going to be an all out war for him and he will have to do something very special to knock me down.

“Lee came from nowhere really and he’s been very impressive to get to this point. But I never get put down and I have a pretty good KO ratio myself so if he thinks he’s going to stop me he is in for a nasty surprise as I have the power to hurt him, no question about that.

“I wear my heart on my sleeve when I fight and I have a lot of fans coming to support me on Saturday and I have no intention of letting them down. They’ll be behind me all the way and it’s a massive night for us here as if I win, Carl Frampton wins and Paul McCloskey wins, then Sky Sports and Matchroom will be back here again in an even bigger night, and that’s what the fans want to see and what we want to deliver for them.”

Daily Sport says – This is going be a cracking night for Irish boxing and is shaping up to be like the good old McGuigan days.



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